What Are Effective School Leaders, and How Can States and Districts Develop Them? (Fact Sheet)

What Are Effective School Leaders, and How Can States and Districts Develop Them? (Fact Sheet)

Published: Apr 04, 2019
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory
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Associated Project

Mathematica Leads the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Time frame: 2017-2022

Prepared for:

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Evaluation

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences

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REL Mid-Atlantic

In recent years, the job of the school principal has evolved from administrative oversight to include more complicated responsibilities. Principals today are expected to create collaborative environments for staff, provide effective instructional leadership, make strategic decisions, and ensure academic progress.

Recent research has demonstrated that principals are essential to student achievement—principals’ effects in this area are almost as large as teachers’. Given the central importance of school leadership, it’s important to ask what makes for an effective principal.

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